Painted to the nines...

by - Friday, August 24, 2012

My first trip was at least twenty years ago... Once again, a three hour ride down to the very end of the Garden State Parkway took us to America's oldest seashore resort filled with quaint shops, succulent seafood and rows upon rows of charming bed and breakfast painted ladies... 

"Painted ladies" is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. Cape May, New Jersey, is filled with them! In fact, as we learned during our trolley tour, town law states any new structure must be built of wood in compliance with the antique style. Owners can paint their buildings in any color, just as long as they are painted, anything other than wood is strictly prohibited in order to maintain Cape May's famous old-time spirit and charm. Strolling the outdoor shoppers haven, we perused many unique boutiques, said hello to one of the carriage horses and returned to our porch for afternoon refreshments, watching vacationers like ourselves drink in the relaxed air.

Of course, I took many pictures... because each on is worth a thousand words. Streets lined, one after the other with such attention to detail in gingerbread trimming, impeccably enhanced by the surrounding kaleidoscope of fresh flowers and lush landscapes. Have a look...
Lazy afternoons spent rocking on the porch watching people drift by...
Color caught your eye wherever you looked!
The trimmings and architecture were so lacy and ornate on many buildings.
A penny for your thoughts...
Hand painted shop signs hang from scrolled iron work...
Pots of colorful bursts flanked the stairs of this bed and breakfast
Carriage rest stop for the horses...
Which way shall we go now?
Even his mane was braided!
Aquatic colored ceramic cut-work on a porch near the beach...
Colorful, charming and  painted to the nines... These wonderful summer memories will forever remain bright... xoxo-Sonya

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